Navy veteran, banker, community volunteer

Published in the May 5, 2016 edition



WAKEFIELD — Paul Joseph Comerford, 84, of Wakefield, passed away on May 1 while surrounded by his loving wife Patricia and family.

Paul, son of the late Delia and Maurice Comerford of Dorchester, was preceded in death by his brothers Matthias, Thomas and Robert.

Paul proudly served his country in the United States Navy on board the USS Atka and the USS Elokomin, and was the honored recipient of The National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the Navy Europe Occupation Medal. As a disabled veteran, Paul was proud to have served his country.

Paul married his wife, Patricia, on June 29, 1957 and soon after graduated Bentley College in 1958. He had an extensive banking career and upon retirement he fully enjoyed his time at Hart’s Hardware Store.

Paul participated in his community, local government, environmental conservation and was instrumental in the initiation of Boy Scout Troop 713, where he acted as a scoutmaster for many years.

Paul is survived by his beloved wife Pat, of 58 years, as well as children Paul Jr. (wife Alice, children Sheila, Alix and Beth), Barbara Henry (husband Mark, children Kati and Connor), Mary O’Connell (husband Michael, children Kevin, Timothy and Kelly), and Joseph (wife Maryellen, children AJ, Austin, Sean, Sean’s wife Leah and Paul’s great-grandchildren Samuel and Jude). Paul joins his son Richard in eternal rest. Paul will always be remembered for his unending devotion to his wife and his family.

His funeral will be held from the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Saturday at 9 a.m. followed by a funeral Mass celebrated in St. Florence Church, 47 Butler Ave., Wakefield at 10 o’clock. Interment to follow at Forest Glade Cemetery, Wakefield. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday from 4-8 p.m.